How To Repair an Oven

The parts of gas and electric ovens are mainly designed for its users to be able to assemble it quickly. This means that they can be operated in a simple manner. This is a good indication that if it needs some repairing, it would be easy to fix.

Most malfunctions in gas ranges involve ignition and supply of the gas to burners and oven. This might be due to faulty heating elements. The first step is to disassemble the gas range.

  • In the event that the oven is not heating up to your desired temperature or if it heats unevenly, you can account the problem to a defective door gasket. To test it, wave your hand at the door part, making sure that you do not touch it while the oven is turned on. If you can sense that a leak of heat is escaping, then the gasket needs replacement.

    Often, the gasket is positioned in the oven's frame and the door is closing against it. This gasket can be easily replaced. In some units, it would be better if you call a professional service person to work on it.

  • One of the most common occurring problems with gas ranges and ovens are clogged burners. This is because when food is spilled, the burners block gas ports, which then prevent ignition. The top ring of the burner can be removed from some gas burners. What you can also do is clean the burner.
  • Faulty control, thermostats and timers might cause an oven to not heat or to heat unevenly. You need not worry since most of these issues can be handled by you without spending a lot of money for repair.
  • A malfunction in the oven setting control can cause the oven not to heat. So, here's what you can do. First, remove the control knob and the back service panel. After that, remove the other control knobs so that the panel covering them can now be pulled off. At the back of the control knob is the oven setting control, which is usually held by two screws. Take note that you should not use a voltmeter to test the control. If you think that the setting control is damaged, the best thing to do is to replace the control that you think is not working.

    You can now disconnect the electrical wires from the terminal of the control and lift it out. Then, you can connect the new control.

  • If you think that the thermostat is malfunctioning, you have to first determine the difference between the temperatures when the oven is off from the setting control. You can do this by putting a thermometer on the middle rack in the oven and turning the oven on for the next twenty minutes, setting the thermostat at a range of 300 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The thermostat will need calibration if the thermometer reading is 25 degrees, lower or higher than the oven's thermostat control setting.
  • If you think that the timer is faulty, do not fix it yourself. You have to take it out of the oven and call for professional service person to test it. To remove the timer, from the control panel, remove the back service panel and then free the spring clips holding it in that position or simply remove the screws. To release the timer, push it forward, and then remove the electrical wires from the housing of the timer. Replace the old timer and change it with a new one of the same size and of the same type.


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